Am back.

Oct. 1st, 2011 03:02 pm
gelbes_gilatier: (Oops.)
In Germany, that is. Also, am sick. Pain in my throat, even when I'm not swallowing and no, dear sisters, this is not normal. It hurts like hell and I could cry continuesly just at the thought of having to go to work with this on Monday (which, BTW, is a national holiday. As in the national holiday. Think about this like having to work on Fourth of July in the US. Thank you, you assholes at scheduling). I'd wanted to go to my ENT doc with this today because they usually open on Saturdays... just not this Saturday. It's nice that the docs wanted to give the practice a long weekend but I might not have one because of that. I think I'm going to cry a bit more.

Or I'll see if this will solve itself until Monday morning (because it's oh so normal, as my sister reassured me) and if not, I'm going to call in sick and go to the doc on Tuesday. I just want this pain to end, please. Now.

On a more positive note: Het Big Bang is live! My story can be found here and the art for it that was made by the awesome [ profile] yappichick can be found here. I will also get to publish it here in the next couple of weeks but right now, I'm just too messed up to even begin posting :S
gelbes_gilatier: (Whee)
Of the fact that I still need to post today's entry, I mean.

Oh well, here goes.

Today, had my last full day in San Francisco and went to the Asian Art Museum. All through their Chinese collection, I kept wanting to read Mulan fanfiction (yes, my brain works in weird ways, I know) but hey, I guess I need to wait until Delicious unfucks their site so that one can actually use it again. Yes, I'm still bitter over the whole Delicious relaunch thing, why do you ask?

Anyway, loved the museum and am pretty sure mom for example would have, too. She's very much into Asian art and I really liked the layout and the texts to the actual objects. Didn't love the noisy teenagers so much but that's probably only natural for someone who's almost 30. Yes, that would be me.

I also went on a shopping spree for one last time (yes, I'm still trying to ignore the whole SFO being one big shopping center thing for the moment) and got a couple of things for myself (book, sticky notes, coffee mug, don't ask) and my sisters (sorry guys, didn't get your initial wishes but am hoping you'll like what I got you instead... just one word: Anthropologie) and I'm wondering how the hell to get this all back unscathed to Germany. I've seen how they treat bags at the airport. I fear the worst. But we'll see.

So that was it. Last post from San Francisco and hoping to see you on the other side (of the Atlantic Ocean, that is) on Friday evening (CET evening, that is) at the latest. Or probably Saturday morning because OMG nightflight plus five hours of waiting in Heathrow and I guess I'll be a nervous wreck after that. Again. I love long distance flights very, very much...
gelbes_gilatier: (bunnies)
Because there's less than one hour left of today and I still need to write my daily travel posting. What the hell.

Okay, here goes. Today, didn't do much. Basically boarded the L train to San Francisco Zoo, saw the zoo, stuck my feet into the (freezing) Pacific waters and went back to the hostel. Saw the koalas (koalas! KOALAS!) who were sleeping (as per usual for their species) but OH SO CUTE. Bundles of grey fur sleeping in trees somehow make me go all squee. Oh well.

I also saw their giant anteaters (OMGWTFANTEATERS! Sorry. That's what those weird animals always do to me. I just can't help it), lemurs (mehehe, funniest animals ever, probably), hippo (I'm in love with misshapen animals, just like my mum...), big cats (it is a little disconcerting when parents hold their little kids up to see an Amur tiger with the words "hey, kitty, kitty"...), penguins (they seemed to enjoy themselves very much), bears (the polar bear looked a little... unhappy, to be honest) and the children's zoo. I have to say I really liked the way the children's zoo was laid out and organized. And God, is was so empty (the entire zoo, that is). I'm really not used to empty zoos, seeing as both Berlin Zoos (yes, we have the decadence to afford ourselves two zoos, the Zoo and the Tierpark... in fact, we have lots of things twice. It's a relict of almost 30 years of being two cities instead of one) are rather in the city and both always draw crowds. That was nice.

Thanks to SF Zoo being a little farther out, I now also know where Evan's parents from the Protect and Survive universe live in SF (either Parkside or close to West Portal Station, if that tells you anything) and that only Laura Cadman can think of wanting to go swimming in the Pacific close to SF. Cold, oh God, so cold! But very beautiful, of course.

Anyway, I'll now go back to that "how it all began" fredlet to distract myself from the mess they made of Delicious and try to keep telling myself that everything will be alright again tomorrow. Gah.
gelbes_gilatier: (argh)

Because see, I nearly forgot about posting today's entry. Again. Thank God it's still today, so a quick post on what I've done today.

Basically, I went to the Aquarium of the Bay, to see fishes and man, they have the most gorgeous (and longest) underwater tunnels I've seen in a long while (and I've seen a lot of those tunnels, in London, Edinburgh, Barcelona, New York, Berlin... you get the idea. I'm an aquarium freak. Okay?). Also, I like their commitment for saving the sharks (sharks are so totally underrated as animals. Sharks are way cooler than everyone thinks! Yes, I'm a sharks fan, too) and the environment but guys, do you Americans really need to be told simple truths such as "Don't throw your trash on the beach." and other really basic things? I hope not.

Also, I did a Bay Cruise, and [ profile] mackenziesmomma, I am so sorry but again, it was a great Bridge day. We saw it from the sea and it was gorgeous (I kind of was very sad again that the Gorch Fock never got to make it as far last year, because of all the hassle with that cadet accident... she would have looked magnificient in front of the Bridge). Also, I got my first real face sunburn this year, so take that as Fate's retribution for getting at least two good Bridge days now...

On a side note, I also bought the Air Force hoodie I'd been ogling a while ago and it's great. I love it, and now I want an SG10 patch even more badly. Yes, it's a Stargate fan thing.

gelbes_gilatier: (Gleeeee!)
Blergh. Just a short post today, mostly because I desperately need to get into bed and because the cold that was approaching me yesterday, is starting to take shape and because I did next to nothing today anyway. Basically, my day consisted of catching up with [ profile] ancient_leah via MSN, translating a bit of the newest Minor Characters chapter, trying to ignore my sore throat, dragging myself outside to buy something to eat and something to fit the sore throat with (I just should have taken the hammer drugs, painkillers or not... guys, why does nearly everything in the US contain fucking painkillers when all we'd need are germ killers?), reading at least one of the books that [ profile] mackenziesmomma brought me (they're short, one can very easily read them in one day) and editting the hell out of the big bang story. Which, by the way, I just sent away. An hour before the deadline is over. Yeah, that's me...

gelbes_gilatier: (Zane)
Writing a blog entry for today, that is.

It was [ profile] mackenziesmomma's and my second day at the Rosewood and it was spa time today. We both got a full hour massage and man, was that good. Seriously, that was awesome and I kind of want to have another one already, you know? We then took the car back to San Francisco and wanted to see the Golden Gate Bridge but it seems it's avoiding mac (I know it's not avoiding me because I actually got to see it on Tuesday and a bit of it on Wednesday, too) since it's the third time it was hiding from her in the fog (yes, fog, not mist, dear).

So instead we took the scenic road back to SF (the one from Take You Higher, just without the cops, you know) and returned the car to Hertz. We also got back into SF for lunch (which was kind of dinner, actually) and wanted to take the F Line to Fisherman's Wharf but there's this slight unfortunate detail that my hostel's neighborhood is... erm... interesting and I kind of didn't want to have to walk to it after dark so I bid mac goodbye at the BART station (yes, the Bay Area Rapid Transportion is abbreviated with BART) and then... well... headed off to Walgreens to get something against the sore throat I seem to have developed (probably a side effect of the A/C at the hotel and in the car... A/C and I apparently do not get along and I kind of forgot about that so it's not your fault, mac, just so you know). Let's hope it goes away in the next couple of days...

Anyway. Bunnies. Lots of goddamn bunnies. Most of all the aforementioned shower smut bunny and champagn bottle bunny and there's also a hot tub bunny (Tom and Maureen insist on it, I'm afraid) and a spa bunny and yeah, you get what this is about, right? Ngh.
gelbes_gilatier: (fanfiction/fanart)
That is to say, [ profile] mackenziesmomma and I didn't. Instead I was at the airport three hours too early because I mixed up mac's departure and arrival times (don't ask...) but at least I could start translating the newest Minor Characters chapter. It then took us at least an hour to actually get to our rental car (apparently, today, everyone who arrived wanted to rent a car at Hertz) and another half hour to get to our hotel, the Rosewood Sand Hill. I was a little...erm... crept out by OMG HOW FRIENDLY everyone was but I guess it's a German thing (we don't take well to someone being friendly to us... no, seriously, we think it's impolite if a sales attentant for example asks as how we are when we enter a store. The best way to treat us is to completely ignore us until we get to the cash out, purely for research purposes of course (I will get into that later). And it's... err... amazing.

We also went to Stanford - mostly in search of food but we also would have taken a couple of undergrads or probably grad students in my case - but they didn't like us there (mac says there were rude hand gestures involved which unfortunately I didn't see, seeing I still didn't have sunglasses at that time). In the end, we found food at the local shopping mall. Also, I found sunglasses there. Yes, seriously, I did. I will now be able to walk through San Francisco without constantly having to shield my eyes and look weird. Yay! I did not, however, get either tea or a coffee mug that said "Fear the Tree!" (not joking here) because mac kept me from spending money on those items. Thank you, mac.

The evening ended at the Rosewood's restaurant, the Madera were we spent *mumbles unintelligibly on a really good dinner. No room for desert, though. But enough time for a dip in the pool and the hot tub by the pool. Can I please just stay here for the rest of the trip? Yes?

Oh, wait, I nearly forgot. Research purposes. We actually stumbled over this when we did research for a wedding in the Protect and Survive 'verse that was supposed to be really fancy and ended up with the Rosewood. Mac was so nice as to give me a night here for my birthday then and this is how we ended up here in person and now we're, you know, having a closer look at it for that wedding. And lo and behold, the bunnies are multiplying by the minute. Can anyone say "shower smut" and "How is it that someone who's able to fly a million dollar plane can't open a simple bottle of champagne?"?
gelbes_gilatier: (flyboys)
Apparently, though, I lied. Because who, in their right mind, is stupid enough to do San Francisco by foot?

Oh, right, that would be me. OW MY FEET OW OW OW!

Or, in a little more words: I walked up Larkin St. and then down Geary St. to Union Square today, then walked down to Market St. to Westfield Center and walked down Market St. all the fucking way to The Embarcadero which in turn I then walked down to Fisherman's Wharf and beyond until I arrived at Ghirardelli Square. After that I turned around and walked The Embarcadero back to Sansome St., walked Sansome St. up to Market St., Market St. up to Geary St. and then back down Larkin St. until I arrived back at the hostel. Just look it all up at Google Maps and please don't tell me any distances because I might just break down and cry after all.

But at least I got a little shopping done (the list includes everything shopped until now, not only things shopped today, though):

  • new jeans - check
  • city map of San Francisco - check
  • totally unnecessary (but preeeeetty) little note book - check
  • present for mom - check
  • ogling an Air Force hoodie but not yet sold on spending $44 something on it - check
  • postcards - check
  • stuff from Bath & Body Works - check
  • unnecessary (but inevitable) books - check
  • unnecessary (but inevitable) coffee mug - check
  • sunglasses - still no check
  • socks - no check, either
  • stuff from Sephora - not yet check
  • stuff for others - not all check yet
  • silly stuff from and - kind of check

Mh. It really looks more in the list than in my little corner of the room. That's a little weird, to be honest.

gelbes_gilatier: (Whee)
(one of the best headings ever, isn't it?)

Damn, I really need to buy sunglasses. It's summer here, y'all and the goddamn sun is actuallye shining and it's so fucking bright (this makes a lot of sense if you were in Berlin or most other German towns this "summer"... it still feels as if the last time we saw the sun was sometime around May...). And it's obviously virtually impossible to find reasonably priced sunglasses here. Yes, this is a serious issue, guys! (and no, I didn't find a dollar store here yet, [ profile] mackenziesmomma. I'm starting to thinks this city doesn't have any)

In other news, went to Haight Ashbury, the Golden Gate Park and the California Academy of Science today and it was awesome (the Academy, that is... Haight Ashbury rather got on my nerves because all that "counter culture" hippy stuff does (sorry mom, your eldest daughter is a conservative at heart) but the Golden Gate Park is fun). Lots of that edutainment stuff I love so much and an aquarium. Having an aquarium is always a plus for me. The rainforest thing was nice, too buit I kept thinking I like the one in Tierpark Berlin better. But, okay, there were chamelions. Chamelions are even as much my favorite animals as ant eaters are. Yes, I like WTF!Nature animals, why do you ask?

Oh, and I bought a coffee mug. Those among you familiar with my mug habit (such as [ profile] schnelmi, [ profile] heitidei and [ profile] berlinamadillo) will probably go "What? Already? That was fast..." and the rest will go "And what's so interesting about that?" The answer: I have a mug issue. I just can't go on traveling without buying at least one mug. But this one was so pretty! I just had ro buy it! Maybe I'll make a picture once I find a suitable cable to charge my camera (let's just not talk about that right now)...

What else... oh yes. What's with the "VAT not included" thing? Why do they do that in the US? What's so hard about putting the real price of something on the price tag? They can do it in Germany (and most other European countries, if I remember it right), after all...
gelbes_gilatier: (Genius!)
Why do I always forget how exhausting visiting foreign cities get and how much I need new feet already after the first day? And I didn't even walk the entire day because I decided pretend I'm rich and spent *mumbles unintelligibly on a guided bustour around the Bay Area (ie. Union Square, Haight Ashbury, Pacific Heights, Presidio, Golden Gate Park, Golden Gate Bridge etc.) which is why I cruised around the city for the first half of the day and then started the walking around thing (which, by the way, already resulted in shopping (as in, spending money on things I don't need)). And I even only walked around between Union Square, Westfield Center and China Town. Argh.

On the plus side, I now start to get a feel for the city and I got some inspiration for what to do here actually. I think I'll definitely have to visit the California Science Academy, the Aquarium of the Bay, a couple of museums, Presidio, Alcatraz and maybe Sausalito, too. Also, will try to find out if the hostel offers trips to Yosemite because I think I'd really like to do that, too. Otherwise, am watching forward very much to [ profile] mackenziesmomma getting here and having fun with me at the Rosewood :D

And I still need new feet.
gelbes_gilatier: (argh)
Because, see, I've been awake for over 24 hours now and arrived in San Francisco, three hours ago but can't go to bed yet because I need to trick the damn jetlag. Also, there are four other German hostel guests sitting here and I honestly have never heard so many stupid commonplace phrases with not content whatsoever in so little time ever before. Honestly. They're all trying to sound so very travel wise but they're just talking rubbish (what? I flew via Heathrow and I had to kill five hours there and both flights were British Airways). Because holy hell yes there are chocolate chips in German supermarkets. Tons of, okay? Jesus fucking Christ, I think I'll just stop being a German for the remainder of my stay.

In other news, Heathrow is awesome but their wi fi sucks. Overprized and practically non-existent. But at least I could use those five hours to write a couple more Minor Characters paragraphs (I was just starting to make Tom suffer when the netbook reminded me of the fact that it needs to be fed now and then and that I don't have anything to feed it with (in Heathrow, that is... why can't you just use the same plugs we use, Britons?). And the entire ten hours on the flight I was looking forward to get to writing that... and now I have difficulties trying not to feel too much vertigo. Argh.

Anyway, my SF adventure just began. Let's see what it holds in store for me.
gelbes_gilatier: (ravenclaw!)
Until I'll touch down in San Francisco, I mean (and a week until I'm going to meet [ profile] mackenziesmomma \o/). I'll set off first to Heathrow and then on to SFO on Monday morning and touch down on late Monday afternoon at SFO. I don't want to think about the jetlag yet but it'll be total fun, just like it was last time (2009, Seattle and Vancouver)... oh, okay, the jetlag in the US was a lot less bad than the one I had when getting back (but then again, I'd been awake for 36 hours and had to spend a couple of them at fucking Charles de Gaulle which is, I'm sorry, probable the most terrible airport of the entire western world when I arrived back home...) but... err... let's really not think about any of that yet.

However, do any of you US citizens know what fun things us non-US citizen have to do when we want to visit your beautiful country? No? Check this out.

I'm especially fond of these three questions that we all have to answer (sometimes even twice, depending on whether the respective airlines are part of the programme or not... if they aren't, we have to do this in hard copy, too...):

A) Do you have a communicable disease; physical or mental disorder; or are you a drug abuser or addict?

B) Have you ever been arrested or convicted for an offense or crime involving moral turpitude or a violation related to a controlled substance; or have been arrested or convicted for two or more offenses for which the aggregate sentence to confinement was five years or more; or have been a controlled substance trafficker; or are you seeking entry to engage in criminal or immoral activities?

C) Have you ever been or are you now involved in espionage or sabotage; or in terrorist activities; or genocide; or between 1933 and 1945 were you involved, in any way, in persecutions associated with Nazi Germany or its allies?
Who, in their goddamn right mind, would ever answer any of those questions with yes? Seriously. Anyone? Also, on an even funnier note, that entire thing now costs $14. $14 so that the Department of Homeland Security (thank you, Stargate, for making me always start typing Homeworld Security) can grab all our data and hog it to do things I honestly don't want to think about. Yippy.

Oh, and before I forget it: don't worry about the big bang story. I'll take my mom's netbook with me and I think the hostel has free wi fi (otherwise, there will be thousands of coffee shops) so I'll be good. I'll also be available, so if any of my flisters are in the vicinity, just drop me a comment or a message :) And if there are any of the European flisters interested in anything US they'd like to have - small, non-electronic, non-perishable stuff - just do the same. I'll see what I can do :)
gelbes_gilatier: (ranting)
Yep, it's a collection of daily meaningless rambling...

  • 14:46 RT @MilitaerRSS: Frauen an der Waffe: Europa schreibt Bundeswehr-Geschichte: Frauen in Uniform... #
  • 14:57 RT @NavyNews: Now THIS is a joint family ~ right? @USArmy & @US_Air_Force #
  • 15:06 Where you lead, I will follow... Oh God, I love the Gilmore Girls. Seriously, if you want to make me rly, rly happy, give me a complete box. #
  • 15:18 I can't believe I just got wet eyes while watching the new Werthers Original tv ad. That's not my biological clock ticking, right? RIGHT? #
  • 15:35 RT @SPIEGEL_English: SPIEGEL Interview with General Stanley McChrystal: 'Killing the Enemy Is Not The Best... #
  • 22:46 Dear Berlin: You royally suck at keeping your pavements free from snow an save for pedestrians. No love, me. #
  • 22:47 Dear Berlin S-Bahn: You suck, too. In general and in specific... in just about everything. #sbahnfail #
  • 22:48 Dear Deutsche Bahn: YOU suck most of all! OF ALL! #bahnfail #
  • 23:04 Dear @MilitaerRSS, I'd really like to watch the vid about the soldiers... is there any reason the link leads to virtual nirvana? Thanks... #
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gelbes_gilatier: (the bundeswehr and me)
Comment on this post. I will choose seven interests from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

Wow, I really like to talk about myself... )
gelbes_gilatier: (rezensionen)
You know, I have no idea how I manage to take the time to do so much reading but when I finish this review of three books there will still be three books left I need to review. And they keep piling up. Seriously, no idea where the time is coming from...

'Wild, Wild World' - 'Into The Wild', Jon Krakauer )

'German Lesson' - 'Mit dem RŘcken zur Wand', Klaus Kordon )

'A Rose Is a Rose...' - 'The Remarkable Life And Times Of Eliza Rose', Mary Hooper )


gelbes_gilatier: (rezensionen)
So, da w├Ąre ich mal wieder. Und schon wieder die puns nicht gepostet. Ich lasse nach. Na ja, daf├╝r zwei neue Rezensionen. Und die puns der letzten drei Tage auch.

Und hier dann noch die fehlenden Wortspiele:


"I have developed a major interest in Season 5 of Stargate Atlantis."


"A certain officer is suddenly taking over a major part of my Stargate stories."


"Today my major goal is just to hang around and finish things I have been neglecting for far too long."


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